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Stories of Impact

Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director of NYIC. Courtesy of NYIC.
Brooklyn Org has been a strong supporter of our efforts to ensure that Brooklyn immigrant communities have the support that they need, and are able to unite and demand justice, equity, and fairness from the city as well as the state. Murad Awawdeh
Executive Director, New York Immigrant Coalition

The Alex House Project

The Alex House Project

When Samora Coles’ boss at the Red Hook Initiative (RHI) first asked her to create a program for the community’s youth, she had no idea where to start.

Asian American Federation

Asian American Federation

Almost 16% of U.S.-born Asian American women have contemplated suicide in their lifetimes, illustrating just one of the many the critical issues facing Asian and Asian American communities today.

The Black Institute
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The Black Institute

In 2009, Bertha Lewis had been working at the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) for 20 years.

The Brave House
A group of young women and a small boy child walk in a line in front of city buildings, smiling and looking at each other.

The Brave House

In her work as an immigration attorney for girls and young women who are survivors of gender based violence, Lauren Blodgett started to notice a pattern.

Bridge Street Development Corporation

Bridge Street Development Corporation

Brooklyn’s lack of affordable housing and economic insecurity is a source of hardship for everyone in the borough, from young families to older adults.

Churches United For Fair Housing

Churches United For Fair Housing

In 2009, when a private developer attempted to rezone a portion of Brooklyn’s Broadway Triangle, those living there knew that this would only deepen the racial disparities and segregation already present in the area.

Documented
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Documented

The years following the 2016 election antagonized our country’s immigrants in unprecedented ways.

Drive Change

Drive Change

With the highest rate of incarcerated people in the world, our nation’s prison industrial complex generates billions of dollars in government expenditures.

First Tech Fund

First Tech Fund

New York’s digital divide was one of the many harsh realities that became even more apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global Trauma Research
A group of Black mental health practitioners posing for a photo. Some people are standing while others are sitting on couches.

Global Trauma Research

Brooklyn is a kaleidoscope of cultures, with neighborhoods changing with each new wave of immigrants.

Green City Force

Green City Force

Green City Force (GCF) co-founder Lisbeth Shepherd started her career launching what is now the national service model of France.

Muslim Community Network
A group of people standing in front of a building.

Muslim Community Network

In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attack here in New York City, Muslim communities endured a rise in hate crimes, while nationally, the complexity of Muslim America was often reduced to harmful stereotypes.

New York Immigration Coalition

New York Immigration Coalition

With immigrants from all over the world making up almost 40% of Brooklyn residents, it’s impossible to talk about the need for equity and justice in our borough without talking about immigrants’ rights.

¡Oye! Group
A group of students standing on stage and holding up signs.

¡Oye! Group

When Modesto ‘Flako’ Jimenez hosted a party to celebrate the launch of his debut poetry collection in 2012, his worlds collided for the first time.

Parent-Child Relationship Association
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Parent-Child Relationship Association

When Nicole Huang immigrated to Sunset Park from China with her family, she had little childcare and community support.

PureLegacee

PureLegacee

There’s an African proverb: “A child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth,” which speaks to the role that community care plays in influencing young people’s future actions.

Street Vendor Project

Street Vendor Project

From the Statue of Liberty to the yellow taxi cab, The Big Apple is rife with symbols that make our city instantly recognizable.

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
Four individuals, one woman and three men, sit on a panel discussion on a small black stage.

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project

From the way we communicate to the way we fight diseases, technological developments over the past century have made our lives easier, faster, and more convenient.

STEM From Dance
A young woman wearing a gray sweatsuit leads a group of younger girls in a dance routine in a classroom, with their arms in the air.

STEM From Dance

Growing up with a mechanical engineer as a father, Yamilée Toussaint always felt like a career in STEM was within reach.

RAPP (Release Aging People in Prison)

RAPP (Release Aging People in Prison)

In 2019, for the first time in the history of New York State, the State Senate did not confirm a government-appointed Parole Commissioner

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP)

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP)

Since its inception in January of 2014, the Queer Detainee Empowerment project (QDEP) has evolved its reach to go beyond addressing the lack of services that caused its creation

UHAB (Urban Homesteading Assistance Board)
A group of people holding signs in front of a building.

UHAB (Urban Homesteading Assistance Board)

In the early 1970s, amidst the national recession, New York City pulled back on creation of affordable housing as private landlords began to abandon their properties, resulting in compounding impacts on low-income communities of color already impacted by redlining and other racist housing policies.

VOCAL-NY
A diverse group of people pose for a photo outside of VOCAL New York's office in Brooklyn.

VOCAL-NY

Though legislation and policy is meant to protect civilians’ rights and interests, they often fail the most vulnerable people in our communities.

YVote

YVote

To say that the political landscape has been shifting under our feet would be woefully inadequate.